A bartender at a hotel near the Inland Regional Center watches President Obama speak on TV during the aftermath of a mass shooting that killed 14 people on Sunday, December 6, 2015 in San Bernardino, California, USA. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK T. FALLON
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President Barack Obama Sunday laid out the most sweeping defense yet of his strategy to defeat ISIS, but he offered no U.S. policy shift to confront what he called a "new phase" in the terrorist threat after a mass shooting in California.In a rare Oval Office address, Obama sought to calm a U.S. public increasingly jittery about the fight against Islamist militancy that once appeared to be waged overseas. Speaking in a measured tone, Obama used his 14-minute nationally televised appearance to draw a careful line about what he would and would not do. Obama also seized the opportunity to make the case again for U.S. gun control, something he has done to little avail because of stiff Republican resistance, following numerous shooting sprees during his presidency.At the same time, Obama cautioned against overreaction to the militant threat at home.Obama's last speech in the Oval Office, a symbol of presidential power, was in August 2010, when he hailed the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq, a milestone in his campaign promise to extract the United States from the war there.Since late last year, Obama has deployed about 3,500 U.S. troops back to Iraq on a train-and-advise mission.
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